NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 17, 1977
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(Studio) FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has ordered that women who take estrogen for relief from menopause symptoms be warned of cancer risk. Has also been learned that Agriculture Department is about to move against sodium nitrite, preservative used in bacon. If meatpackers can't find substitute, bacon may taste differently.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Was discovered 6 years ago that when bacon is fried, sodium nitrite combines with substance in air to form another, cancer-causing substance. [Frederick Cancer Research Center spokesperson Dr. William LIJINSKY - says they don't claim that eating bacon or taking saccharin causes cancer, but that there's substance there that contributes to condition.] Nixon administration had apptd. panel through Agriculture Department, which last month recommended that packers reduce level of nitrites in pork and gave them 3 years to come up with substitute preservative. Carter administration is ignoring recommendation and is requiring meat industry to prove within 90 days that nitrite is safe. [American Meat Institute spokesperson Richard LYNG - is confident industry can do this.] Agriculture officials say they don't think industry can.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson